Saturday 10 September 2016

Christmas carols

Hello my friends. I'm late on parade but blogger wasn't playing nicely for me. Yesterday was the start of another Fussy and Fancy Challenge

Our host for this week is the lovely Tone and she chose the theme of Music. This is what she had to say:

Hello Fussy and Fancy Friends!
I am hosting the challenge this fortnight and I have chosen music as theme.
I guess we all, in some way, have some scraping stuff realted to notes, «dancing» motives, instruments and so on.
Hope you enjoy the theme and I am so much looking forward to see all your great work.

 We are being sponsored by Magnolia-licious.

I remembered I had some Tim Holtz Christmas kraft paper that had sheet music on it. I decided to use it and after I finished the first card I thought that it might look even better more distressed, so I made a second one.

So I cut the 6x6 sized sheet and started inking it. First I coloured the holly and berries with crushed olive, lucky clover and candied apple. On the background I used crushed olive distress ink and then vintage photo and walnut stain. This made the resist really pop.

Then I looked at the embellishments. I diecut holly leaves and pine branches from the Tim Holtz thinlets out of green and kraft card. The poinsettia is from spellbinders and is cut from pearlized card. I inked all the diecuts with walnut stain distress ink.

I added some natural twine to corner first and then assembled the leaves and flower. I then added berries and gypsophila from my stash. The sentiment was lying on my desk and I inked it with walnut stain.

Then i decided to make a second one, more distressed. So I stressed the edges before and after inking.

 To distress further I decided to spaltter some paints on the background and the diecuts. I used picket fence and tarnished brass. The latter added a little shimmer to the card.

So now the verdict is in your hands. Which one do you like best?

I would love you to join us in this challenge. For further inspiration visit the main challenge blog here.

I would like to enter these cards in the following challenges:

Christmas cards all year round - shabby chic or monochromatic
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
HLS September - anything goes with dies


  1. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at CCAYR, good luck!!! Amy DT

  2. WOW, both of these are gorgeous. I could never choose between them! There's lots of beautiful work, here! :) Love your cards-- both. Thanks for playing along with us over at Christmas Cards All Year 'Round! ~ Ali (CCAYR DT)

  3. These are beautiful Theresa and you have given them a great vintage feel with the mixture of browns to age the music backgrounds and the fabulous foliage with the pretty red poinsettias on each. As I tend more towards clean lines in my crafting I guess I would go for the right hand one without the distressed edges, but they are both gorgeous! x

    1. thanks Pat. I remember when I was like that and didn't like the torn distressed edges, xx

  4. A fabulous card - perfect for our challenge. Thank you for sharing with us at Christmas Cards All Year Round.
    Kath x

  5. A Beautiful traditional Christmas Card Theresa x

  6. WOW! Theresa, This Christmas card using music sheet paper is GORGEOUS! I just love how you inked it all up! It came out beautiful! Then your poinsettia spray is perfection! What a lovely Christmas Card!
    I hope that you enjoyed a wonderful weekend!
    Big Warm Hugs and smiles, Sheryl

    1. thank you so much Sheryl. nice to see you visiting xx

  7. Beautiful!! I love the embellishments you have used. Thank you for sharing your inspiration at Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper. Rebecca x

  8. Beautiful Card...Love the way you have embellished it at one corner..Thank you so much for playing with us at Happy Little Stampers - Anything goes with dies Challenge.